What does young mean?

Definitions for young
yʌŋ; ˈyʌŋ gər; ˈyʌŋ gɪstyoung

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. young, offspringnoun

    any immature animal

  2. Young, Loretta Youngnoun

    United States film and television actress (1913-2000)

  3. Young, Whitney Young, Whitney Moore Young Jr.noun

    United States civil rights leader (1921-1971)

  4. Young, Thomas Youngnoun

    British physicist and Egyptologist; he revived the wave theory of light and proposed a three-component theory of color vision; he also played an important role in deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone (1773-1829)

  5. Young, Pres Young, Lester Willis Youngnoun

    United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)

  6. Young, Edward Youngnoun

    English poet (1683-1765)

  7. Young, Cy Young, Danton True Youngnoun

    United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)

  8. Young, Brigham Youngnoun

    United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877)

  9. young, youthadjective

    young people collectively

    "rock music appeals to the young"; "youth everywhere rises in revolt"

  10. young, immatureadjective

    (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth

    "young people"

  11. new, youngadjective

    (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity

    "new potatoes"; "young corn"

  12. youthful, vernal, youngadjective

    suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh

    "he is young for his age"

  13. youngadjective

    being in its early stage

    "a young industry"; "the day is still young"

  14. unseasoned, untested, untried, youngadjective

    not tried or tested by experience

    "unseasoned artillery volunteers"; "still untested in battle"; "an illustrator untried in mural painting"; "a young hand at plowing"


  1. youngnoun

    People who are young; young beings.

  2. youngnoun

    The younger generation.

  3. youngnoun


    The lion caught a gnu to feed its young.

  4. youngverb

    To become or seem to become younger

  5. youngverb

    To cause to appear younger

  6. youngverb

    To exhibit younging

  7. youngadjective

    In the early part of growth or life; born not long ago.

  8. youngadjective

    As if young; having the look or qualities of a young person.

    My grandmother is a very active woman and is quite young for her age.

  9. youngadjective

    Of or belonging to the early part of life.

  10. youngadjective

    Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak.

  11. Youngnoun

    for the younger of two people having the same given name.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. YOUNGadjective

    Etymology: iong, eong , Saxon; jong, Dutch.

    Guests should be interlarded, after the Persian custom, by ages young and old. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    He woos both high and low, both rich and poor,
    Both young and old. William Shakespeare.

    There’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st,
    But in his motion like an angel sings,
    Still quiring to the young-ey’d cherubims. William Shakespeare.

    I firmly am resolv’d
    Not to bestow my youngest daughter,
    Before I have a husband for the elder. William Shakespeare.

    Thou old and true Menenius,
    Thy tears are salter than a younger man’s,
    And venomous to thine eyes. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He ordain’d a lady for his prize,
    Generally praiseful, fair and young, and skill’d in housewiferies. George Chapman.

    In timorous deer he hansels his young paws,
    And leaves the rugged bear for firmer claws. Abraham Cowley.

    Nor need’st by thy daughter to be told,
    Though now thy sprity blood with age be cold,
    Thou hast been young. Dryden.

    When we say a man is young, we mean that his age is yet but a small part of that which usually men attain to: and when we denominate him old, we mean that his duration is run out almost to the end of that which men do not usually exceed. John Locke.

    It will be but an ill example to prove, that dominion, by God’s ordination, belonged to the eldest son; because Jacob the youngest here had it. John Locke.

    From earth they rear him struggling now with death,
    And Nestor’s youngest stops the vents of breath. Alexander Pope.

    Come, elder brother, thou art too young in this. William Shakespeare.

    There be trees that bear best when they begin to be old, as almonds; the cause is, for that all trees that bear must have an oily fruit; and young trees have a more watry juice, and less concocted. Francis Bacon.

  2. Youngnoun

    The offspring of animals collectively.

    The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long,
    That it had its head bit off by its young. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    So many days my ewes have been with young;
    So many weeks ere the poor fools will yean. William Shakespeare.

    The eggs disclos’d their callow young. John Milton.

    The reason why birds are oviparous, and lay eggs, but do not bring forth their young alive, is because there might be more plenty. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    Not so her young; for their unequal line
    Was heroes make, half human, half divine;
    Their earthly mold obnoxious was to fate,
    Th’ immortal part assum’d immortal state. Dryden.

    Those insects, for whose young nature hath not made provision of sufficient sustenance, do themselves gather and lay up in store for them. John Ray, on the Creation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Young

    not long born; still in the first part of life; not yet arrived at adolescence, maturity, or age; not old; juvenile; -- said of animals; as, a young child; a young man; a young fawn

  2. Young

    being in the first part, pr period, of growth; as, a young plant; a young tree

  3. Young

    having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak

  4. Youngnoun

    the offspring of animals, either a single animal or offspring collectively

  5. Etymology: [OE. yung, yong, ong, ung, AS. geong; akin to OFries. iung, iong, D. joing, OS., OHG., & G. jung, Icel. ungr, Sw. & Dan. ung, Goth. juggs, Lith. jaunas, Russ. iunuii, L. juvencus, juvenis, Skr. juvaa, juvan. 281. Cf. Junior, Juniper, Juvenile, Younker, Youth.]


  1. Young

    Young is a town in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia and is the centre of Young Shire. At the 2011 census, Young had a population of 6,960. Young is marketed as the Cherry Capital Of Australia and every year hosts the National Cherry Festival. Young is situated on the Olympic Highway and is approximately 2 hours drive from the Canberra area. Young is situated in a valley, with surrounding hills. The town is named after Sir John Young, the Governor of NSW during 1861-7.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Young

    yung, adj. not long born: in early life: in the first part of growth: vigorous: relating to youth: junior, the younger of two persons having the same name: inexperienced: newly arrived—in Australia.—n. the offspring of animals.—adjs. Young′-eyed (Shak.), with the bright eyes of youth; Young′ish, somewhat young.—n. Young′ling, a young person or animal.—adj. youthful, young.—adv. Young′ly.—ns. Young′ness; Young′ster, a young person: a lad; Youngth (Spens.), youth.—adj. Youngth′ly (Spens.), youthful.—Young blood, fresh accession of strength; Young England, the name applied, during the Corn-Law struggle (1842-45), to a little band of young Tory politicians, who hated Free Trade and Radicalism, and professed a sentimental attachment to earlier forms of social life in England; Young England, America, &c., the rising generation in England, America, &c.; Young Ireland, a group of Irish politicians who broke away from O'Connell about 1844, because of his rooted aversion to physical force; Young Italy, an association of Italian republican agitators, active about 1834, under the lead of Mazzini; Young person, Mr Podsnap's phrase for youth generally, considered as too inexperienced to hear about some matters within the range of adult human experience—from Dickens's Our Mutual Friend; Young Pretender, Prince Charlie, as distinguished from his father the Pretender or Old Pretender.—With young, pregnant. [A.S. geong; Ger. jung; also conn. with L. juvenis, Sans. yuvan, young.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. young

    A word often used for uninitiated.--Young gentlemen, a general designation for midshipmen, whatever their age.

Editors Contribution

  1. young

    Having qualities relating to youth.

    They were both young in their behaviour and outlook on life.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

  2. young

    To have the body shape and skin of youth.

    People are looking younger these days and choose to exercise and look after their body so look and feel more youthgul.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'young' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #272

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'young' in Written Corpus Frequency: #492

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'young' in Adjectives Frequency: #14

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of young in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of young in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of young in a Sentence

  1. Charles McGee:

    The legacy I feel we leave is that our young people, regardless of their circumstances... that they can achieve if they believe it.

  2. Tom Dart:

    They always have been magnets for crime, we’re going to another house a few blocks away where a young girl was raped just a short time ago.

  3. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton:

    These two young men...are kids, not killers.

  4. Harris Stratyner:

    You are literally displaying a behavior and then younger people who are more prone to being influenced by things see it and there's a sense of entitlement by some people with money, not all people, and there's also a sense that you're not being corrected if you're getting away with things, it's what we call acquired narcissism. Some people, young kids, learn to be narcissistic.

  5. Human Rights Watch.Kimberly Zieselman:

    Genital normalizing surgeries such as clitoral' reductions' and vaginoplasties instill deep shame and sexual trauma in young children when they can not make a decision for themselves, that these abuses of intersex youth continue after decades of advocacy proves the intensity of the shame and anti-LGBTQ bias at play. We are so grateful to Senator Hoylman for bringing New York to the right side of history.

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    • A. busy
    • B. occasional
    • C. victimised
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